‘You blew my mind’ – Spider-Man star Tom Holland amazed as he reunites with Leon Edwards after UFC 286 win over Kamaru Usman
Tom Holland was a bit starstruck when he met Leon Edwards at UFC 286.
‘Rocky’ defended his welterweight title for the first time when he took on Kamaru Usman at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday night.
The Englishman dethroned Usman last August when he landed a last-minute header that knocked out the previously dominant 170-pound champion at UFC 278.
Edwards was considered the underdog heading into their UFC 286 rematch but once again upset the odds for a majority decision win over ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’.
The 31-year-old even overcame a controversial point deduction to earn scorecards 48-46, 48-46 and 47-47 from the cage judges in the England capital.
Holland was one of many celebrities on the UFC’s first British pay-per-view show since Michael Bisping defended his middleweight title against Dan Henderson seven years ago.
The 26-year-old bumped into the show’s star backstage and their exchange was filmed by the UFC and posted to social media.
“Spiderman,” Edwards shouted at Holland before embracing the Hollywood superstar who congratulated him on his first defense of the welterweight title.
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Holland said, “Brilliant, mate. Congratulations… You blew my mind, bro.
The 170-pound king admitted he felt a little more uncomfortable after spending 25 minutes with Usman but was adamant he was never going to lose at home.
After a bit of chatter, Holland congratulated Edwards again and they posed for a photo before parting ways.
The British fan favorite attended his post-fight press conference where he learned that Colby Covington was next in line for a title shot.
Edwards said immediately after his last win that he wanted the winner of Gilbert Burns over Jorge Masivdal and was disappointed to find out that Dana White didn’t like the idea.
“I don’t know how that makes sense,” he said after a member of the media informed him that White wanted him to face Covington later this year.
“He hasn’t fought in over a year and a half. I sat down. Not injured. I don’t understand how he slips away for the world title when there are other guys in the division who have been active and fought. Did not sit down.
“I am the king now. I’ve earned my way, so I feel like I should decide who’s next.